Dr. Sue said, "Men may not be exaggerating symptoms but have weaker immune responses to viral respiratory viruses, leading to greater morbidity and mortality than in women".
A new Canadian study claims that respiratory illnesses may hit men harder than women.
In an article in The British Journal of Medicine, Dr. Kyle Sue, exhausted of being accused of overreacting when it came to getting a cold, turned to empirical research on the subject to determine whether "men really experience worse symptoms and whether this could have any evolutionary basis".
Ah, the "man flu" - dreaded by the men who suffer from it and the people who have to care for them. And, by consistently picking these bigger, stronger, faster men over punier men with more robust immune systems, do females have only themselves to blame for the "man flu" phenomenon?
Though Sue says the evolutionary benefits of the man flu are unclear, he points to other research that says it may be part of a survival technique since "it promotes energy conservation and reduces the risk of encountering predators".
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To legitimize the term even more, the man flu has even found its way into the Oxford and Cambridge Dictionary.
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In a treatise based on previous studies - some scientific, some notably less so - the Dr. Kyle Sue not only puts the case that men might indeed experience worse cold and flu symptoms than women, but also explores why such a difference might have evolved.
The analysis was published December 11 in the BMJ.
In light of these findings, Sue thinks the concept of man flu, may be unfair.
Quoting evolutionary theorists (and acknowledging the possibility of "author bias"), Sue wonders this: If males burnt up their energies fighting off infections, would it have been a costly distraction from their strategy of attracting sexual partners by growing bigger, stronger and faster?
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"Men are regularly stereotyped to exaggerate cold and flu symptoms", Sue noted.
Sue said, to begin with, women have a different response to vaccines that protect against the flu.
And Sue added that if the underpinnings of "man flu" are real, it could mean that flu treatment may have to be tailored to address gender differences.
He looked at several studies of mice and humans that suggested symptoms in males are often more acute.
Still, Lautenbach stressed that the analysis does not prove that a "man's response to a respiratory infection is, in fact, worse than a woman's and, if so, by how much". According to his research he explained that men may take more time to recover as compared to women.
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